Why Publishers aren’t picking up your manuscript

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You’ve sent your manuscript to the biggest publishers you could think of.

You’re brimming with excitement as you wait the three-or-so weeks for their reply.

It finally comes, you’re not smiling, you feel like a failed writer, like your book doesn’t have value, and you’re probably wondering why? What particularly did you do wrong?

You did nothing wrong. Here’s why they’re probably not picking up your manuscript.

There are multiple blogs and literary agents out there that would pin the blame on your manuscript, perceiving that you didn’t plot it properly, that there had to be a grammatical error you’d overlooked.

But what if the problem wasn’t in your manuscript at all? What if the reason HarperCollins is rejecting your overly edited manuscript is because of your delivery.

The last thing I mean to imply is that you should think outside the box and plan a grand manuscript delivery with an explosion of emojis or gifs or pictures if that’s even possible.

But you need to sell more than just your manuscript to the publishers. Most of the time, publishers are put off by the lack of effort by the writer.

They want to know that you’re willing to do more than just write the book, they want you to author it. And in this era of online interaction and engagement they want to know what you’re willing to bring to the table, they want to be assured that you are an investment, one that is going to generate double the revenue they’ve invested in you.

They want to know that you have an online platform; are you on instagram? Twitter? How frequently do you market your book to your followers? Modern-day publishers want to know that you have a presence they can build on.

And it’s not just your presence they’re considering, are you willing to author the book? By this I mean are you up for the challenge of traveling the globe for book signings, for BookCon, for numerous author-related events that will definitely come up upon publishings.

It’s one thing to want to publish your book, to want to see it in paperback, but are you ready to step up to the commitment? It all boils down to the content of your manuscript and your query letter; that interview that’s going to distinguish you from the thousands of other writers emailing them.

Was this helpful? Have you ever been rejected? Did you grow from it? Drop a comment.

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